Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces are places where people can gather for free in a safe, friendly, warm place and maybe enjoy some refreshments and some company. 

We are working alongside voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to provide Warm Spaces throughout the district. These include libraries, community centres, church halls, sports clubs and other venues that are open to anyone struggling with the rise in the cost of living. Warm Spaces are totally free to use and are open to everyone.

Some venues offer hot drinks, activities and other services such as free wi-fi. Warm Spaces are safe, friendly, neutral places where you can comfortably spend time reading, studying or chatting with others.

Warm Spaces were launched in December 2022 to help people who were struggling with the cost of heating their home through winter. Due to their popularity, the spaces continued through summer under the name of Welcoming Spaces. Warm Spaces are back for winter 2023, funded by money from the Department for Work and Pension’s Household Support Fund.

Grant funding to provide a Warm Space

Applications for organisations to apply for a grant to set up a space have now closed.

All grants were funded from the DWP Household Support Fund. 

Find your Warm Space

We have created a directory of all the Warm Spaces across the district. You can search the directory to find Warm Spaces near you and their opening times.

View the Warm Spaces directory

Register your venue as a Warm Space

If you are an organisation offering a space already, please tell us about your facilities and services using the form below so we can add to the directory and let residents know about you.

It should only take a few minutes to complete the form.

Sign up to be included in our Warm Spaces directory